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  • Updated: December 04, 2023

PDP fumes over Nigeria's 1,411 delegates at COP28, says Tinubu’s govt wasteful, reckless

PDP fumes over Nigeria's 1,411 delegates at COP28, says Tinu

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed grave worry about President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's ostensibly disproportionate delegation of 1,411 people to the Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The PDP claimed in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, that the delegation consists of political buddies, cronies, and linked individuals at the expense of the nation.

The opposition party accused the administration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of extravagant spending and waste of national resources, particularly at a time when Nigerians suffer economic hardships and infrastructure shortages.

The party emphasised the importance of good financial management in driving economic revitalization and job creation.

The PDP rejected the Presidency's attempts to justify the overburdened delegation, claiming that it included individuals unrelated to the meeting and sponsored at government expense.

The party emphasised that such actions are part of a larger trend of "institutionalised corruption" inside the current administration.

Demanding openness, the PDP demanded that the Presidency reveal the names and duties of the officially sponsored delegation members, as well as the total amount expended by the country.

Furthermore, the PDP urged the National legislature to investigate the incident using its constitutional rights, citing Section 88 of the Constitution, which authorises the legislature to investigate corruption inside government institutions.

The party stressed the importance of holding individuals or organisations accountable if any misconduct is discovered.

"Our Party also demands that President Tinubu should be ready to refund any Federal Government fund improperly spent to sponsor any individual who has no relevance at the Conference.

”Such funds should be channelled to projects that have a direct bearing on the wellbeing of Nigerians,” the statement noted.

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